Models and Muses Renoir and Lise Tréhot (5) In Marlotte, Jules Le Coeur acted as host for both Renoir and Sisley during part of the winter of 1885-66. The two scenes below that Sisley painted in Marlotte were accepted at the Salon of 1866. Renoir was not so lucky.
M. Renoir has been rejected, poor fellow. You see he had done two pictures: a landscape with two figures - which everyone says is good, that it has good points and bad - the other one was done in Marlotte in a fortnight, he considers it a sketch, and he only sent it to the exhibition because he had the other one that was a more serious matter, otherwise he would have felt that he shouldn’t exhibit it. (…) Now what irritates him most is that he heard yesterday that his Marlotte painting had been accepted. With the other being rejected, he would have preferred this one to be rejected too. (Marie Le Coeur, April 6, 1866)
It seems Renoir withdrew this work from the Salon after all, since it can’t be found in the catalogue of the Salon of 1866.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Route de campagne près de Marlotte, c.1865-1866. Oil on canvas, 33 x 24,1 cm. Private collection Alfred Sisley, Rue de village à Marlotte (Village Street in Marlotte), 1866. Oil on canvas, 85 x 111 cm. Allbright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, NY, USA Alfred Sisley, Rue de village à Marlotte, femmes allant au bois (Women going to the Woods), 1866. Oil on canvas, 65 x 92 cm. Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo